Magazine article The American Prospect

Nader's New Raiders

Magazine article The American Prospect

Nader's New Raiders

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WHEN OPPOSITES ATTRACT, it's not always a case of innocent bliss. During the month of April, donations to Ralph Nader's presidential campaign from contributors who have historically given to Republican candidates or the Republican Party spiked dramatically to 19 percent--that's $18,000--according to a database search on OpenSecrects.org, a nonprofit Web site that tracks money in politics.

Back in March, Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater revealed that nearly 10 percent of contributions of $250 or more to Nader's campaign came from donors with a history of supporting the GOP. The Arizona Republic reported in early June that Republican money could also be funding a petition drive to ensure Nader's place on Arizona's presidential election ballot. While Nathan Sproul, the Republican consultant behind the rumor, denies the allegations, Arizona's state Democratic chairman says he has evidence that Sproul is "the primary source of money" for paying petition circulators. …

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